In The Week magazine: a dose of McPoison in Brighton
Return of the TB-GBs... plus the centuries-long schism between Sunni and Shia Islam
WHEN the Labour Party assembled for its annual conference this past week, trying to show a fresh, optimistic face and a radical new set of policies to the country, it suffered yet another attack of the "TB-GBs".
The wounds inflicted by the bitter gang warfare between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's factions during the New Labour years were reopened when Brown's spin doctor Damian McBride published his memoirs.
McBride was known as 'McPoison' around Westminster and his revelations, which are the subject of The Week magazine's Controversy of the Week, show that his notoriety was well deserved. He leaked top secret information, spread smears and orchestrated political assassinations.
Elsewhere in the new issue, on sale today, the Briefing examines a graver form of schism: that between Sunni and Shia Islam. It was a rift that first opened up in 632AD, on the Prophet Mohammed's death, and which still underlies conflicts across the Middle East, from Iran to Lebanon, via Iraq and Syria.
Also in Issue 939: whatever happened to Plebgate?; the cult of Grand Theft Auto; and the end of the world (the latest study suggests that planet earth has 1.75bn years to go).